Verlon Thompson


Sunday, September 11, 2016

At the home of Joe and Bev Angel

Doors open: 2:30 PM, Concert begins: 3:00PM

Several years ago Bev and I saw Verlon Thompson perform in one of the most entertaining house concerts we have experienced in quite some time.  We are thrilled that he is opening our 2016/2017 season.  While probably best known for accompanying Guy Clark on guitar during live performances, Verlon is also a singer, a prolific songwriter, and an exceptional producer. The list of big-name artists who have covered his songs includes Jimmy Buffett, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Del McCoury, and many others. His songs have been nominated for Grammys and for IBMA song of the year and "The First Step", recorded by Tracy Byrd, received a BMI Million Airplay Award.  Verlon has also been nominated for a Grammy as co-producer of Guy Clark’s album, The Guitar.  But Verlon’s talents become most apparent when you hear him perform the songs he penned.  That’s when you realize that he ranks as perhaps the most well-rounded yet overlooked songwriter and instrumentalist beneath the Americana umbrella.

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To the everyday country music fan, Verlon Thompson is not a household name.  But within the music community of Nashville, Thompson is a songwriter and guitarist almost without peer. - Jack Bernhardt, Charlotte Weekly

He is a fantastic guitar picker and songwriter.... - Lonely Goat Magazine

....Verlon Thompson was great! Seriously.  Nobody at the festival played guitar like him. His song "Everywhere...Yet" stunned the crowd and "Joe Walker's Mare" was country storytelling at it's best. Did I mention he could play the guitar?  Really ..... Thompson was electrifying. - Boston Music Review

...Thompson is the quintessential troubadour - Myrtle Beach Alternatives

....a name that means nothing to the average Joe, but everything to the die-hard singer/songwriter fan. - The Weekly Surge

In 7 years of doing house concerts, I would have to say that this one was probably the best ever. He is a wonderful showman...but he is not putting on as show, he is truly relating to the audience and to the music he is presenting. - House concert host